The true story the 88-year-old survivor told the St. Paul and Norwalk Catholic School junior high students stood in stark contrast to the cloudless, sunny spring day outside the convocation center.
The prospect of death, not to mention hunger, hurt, helplessness and humiliation, stalked Holocaust survivor Leo Silberman for years during World War II. Fortunately for Silberman, his life eventually resembled the happy picture of a bright, spring day.
But for Silberman and so many other European Jews and other minorities, darkness crept in during the late 1930s.
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